Podcast

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

A fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us. This show is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book series written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher and fight harder.

Episodes

  • Corrie Ten Boom Narrated by Amy Landecker

    May 14 2019

    Corrie Ten Boom / Watchmaker & Resistance Worker / Holland Once upon a time, a girl risked everything to do what was right. Her name was Corrie. From the time she was a small child, Corrie learned two things from her parents: how to make a broken watch tick and how to care for people in need. Her family always took in those less fortunate than themselves, so when Jewish people knocked on their door asking for sanctuary, Corrie knew just what to do. Her courage saved more than 800 people from per...more

  • Get to Know Lowri Morgan

    May 07 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Lowri Morgan who narrated the previous episode about Aisholpan Nurgaiv. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out! Lowri reveals her motivations for being an ultramarathon runner, what she listens to along the way and more. Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase! About Lowri: Lowri Mor...more

  • Aisholpan Nurgaiv Narrated by Lowri Morgan

    Apr 30 2019

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived where snowy peaks scraped the sky. Her name was Aisholpan. For generations, Kazakh nomads in Mongolia raised golden eagles to hunt. Aisholpan’s father was one of the best eagle hunters, so she asked him to teach her everything he knew. Despite the danger, she caught and trained her own eagle in the icy Altai mountains. She became the first woman to enter the Golden Eagle competition—and win!—inspiring female eagle hunters for years to come. Sponsor...more

  • Get To Know Priscilla Chan

    Apr 23 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Priscilla Chan who narrated the previous episode about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go check it out! Priscilla reveals the problems she encountered growing up that she's now trying to solve as well as what it was like to be the first in her family to attend college. Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 1...more

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg narrated by Priscilla Chan

    Apr 16 2019

    Once upon a time, there was a girl with a mighty voice. Her name was Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Though she seemed quiet and shy, Ruth was brilliant with a quick mind and a big heart. When Ruth learned about lawyers who worked to ensure people were treated fairly, she dreamed of becoming one. She was determined to make the world a more equal place for women, men, immigrants, and people of color. And she did just that, first as a lawyer, and then as a judge. Ruth made history as a voice for oppressed pe...more

  • Get To Know Kealia Ohai

    Apr 09 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Kealia Ohai who narrated the previous episode about Ashley Fiolek. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go check it out! Kealia elaborates on her own experience overcoming physical limitations, advises on how to pursue your dreams regardless of naysayers, and expresses her passion for athletics on and off the field. Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co Use promocode ...more

  • Ashley Fiolek narrated by Kealia Ohai

    Apr 02 2019

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who became a motocross champion. Her name was Ashley Fiolek. While growing up, Ashley’s parents knew their daughter loved motorcycles but did not know why she would not speak. It turned out that Ashley was completely deaf! So, the whole family learned sign language and, when she was old enough, traveled around with Ashley to her motocross competitions. Though Ashley couldn’t hear the rumble of her bike, she could feel the vibrations of the engine as if the mach...more

  • Get To Know Funmilola Fagbamila

    Mar 26 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Funmilola Fagbamila who narrated the previous episode about the life of Queen Nanny. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go check it out! Funmilola reveals how her art and activism collide, the skills it requires to be a successful organizer and why Queen Nanny's story personally resonated. Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% o...more

  • Queen Nanny narrated by Funmilola Fagbamila

    Mar 19 2019

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who couldn’t be captured. Her name was Nanny. In the jungles of Jamaica, escaped slaves called maroons lived together in colonies, and “Queen Nanny,” as they called her, was one of their leaders. Helped along by her ancestors and the strength of her people, Nanny taught slaves to use the environment to their advantage and fight back. Queen Nanny’s legacy continues to inspire activists and rebels to this day. Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co Use promocode REBEL...more

  • Get to Know Poorna Jagannathan

    Mar 12 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Poorna Jagannathan who narrated the previous episode about the life of Mary Kom. Poorna reveals how her own parents found out about her acting career, her role of a lifetime and where she's happiest. Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase! About Poorna: Poorna Jagannathan is an award-winning actress and producer. Critically acclaimed for h...more

  • Mary Kom narrated by Poorna Jagannathan

    Mar 05 2019

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who grew up to be the most successful boxer in India’s history. Her name was Mary Kom. Mary was an energetic child who was naturally drawn towards sports. So she enrolled herself in a sports academy where she discovered her love of boxing, but her trainers thought she was too small. Still, Mary sparred until she improved her technique, showing up early and staying late to train. She was terrified her parents would stop her, but they eventually grew to be her bi...more

  • Frida Kahlo read by Pamela Adlon

    Jun 26 2018

    Once upon a time, in a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City, there was a girl who lived in a blue house. Her name was Frida. From the outside, Frida's blue house was a common stucco building, with bright blue walls, tall windows, and green shutters. But past the entrance, a world of wonder awaited. This episode marks the grand finale of season 1 of our show. Thank you, our listeners from all over the world: please, keep sharing the show with your friends and family and stay tuned... se...more

  • Wangari Maathai read by Melinda Gates

    Jun 12 2018

    When lakes started to dry up and streams seemed to disappear, a woman decided to bring the forest back and planted a million trees. Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt movement in Africa and the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize. In this episode, you will learn about one of the most inspiring activists and environmentalists of our time. The host of this episode is the American philanthropist Melinda Gates. This episode was produced by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, writt...more

  • Harriet Tubman read by Tarana Burke

    Jun 05 2018

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who fought for freedom. Her name was Harriet. In this episode, you will learn about the incredible story of Harriet Tubman, one of the greatest heroes in American history. Harriet risked her life to free hundreds of enslaved people and she remains one of the most powerful symbols of the human need for freedom and equality. The narrator of this episode is the great African-American activist Tarana Burke, who is also one of the founders of the #Metoo movement....more

  • Grace O'Malley read by Allison Mosshart

    May 22 2018

    Grace O'Malley was a fierce, Irish pirate who fought for her people and sailed all the way around Great Britain and up the Thames to meet with Queen Elizabeth I in person. When they met, Grace convinced the Queen to revisit her policies and to turn against the English politician she had sent to conquer Grace's territories. How did she do it? Let yourself be transported to the stormy, west coast of Ireland and inside the life of one of the most inspiring pirates of all times. This show is sp...more

  • Ada Lovelace read by Jodi Kantor

    May 08 2018

    As a child, Ada Lovelace loved machines. She studied birds and drew sketches trying to build her own flying machine. She put all of her notes into a little book which she called "Flyology." When Ada went to a ball, she didn't find a prince to marry her. Instead, she found an old mathematician, Charles Babbage, who became her lifelong friend. With Babbage, Ada wrote the first programming language in history. This show is sponsored by the global bestseller Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. G...more

  • Madam C.J. Walker read by Poorna Jagannathan

    Apr 24 2018

    Once upon a time, there was an inventor and entrepreneur named Madam C.J. Walker. She was the child of slaves, the first in her family to be born free, thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation. As a child, she had to work in the cotton fields to help support her family. Later, as a teenaged orphan, she became a washerwoman, backbreaking work considered one of the worst and most difficult jobs a woman could have. But she dreamed of more -- for herself and her daughter. When, due to an illness, h...more

  • Billie Jean King read by Jessica Valenti

    Apr 10 2018

    Once upon a time, there was a bespectacled girl who loved tennis. She was resourceful and figured out a way to get tennis lessons for free since her family didn't have a lot of money. When she became a national champion, she began to fight for equal rights within the tennis circuit: equal pay for men AND women. This led to a revolution in the sport, paving the way for future female superstars like Venus and Serena Williams. Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co Use promo code REBELPODCAST to get...more

  • Maria Callas read by Our Lady J

    Mar 26 2018

    Once upon a time, there was a nearsighted girl who could sing like no other. Her name was Maria Callas. She came from troubled beginnings but grew up to become the most famous soprano in opera. Soon, she traveled the world, known simply as La Divina, the divine one, and moved audiences wherever she went. Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co Use promo code REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase! This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli and Fran...more

  • Virginia Hall read by S. Mitra Kalita

    Mar 20 2018

    Once, there was a girl with a wooden leg who was a master of disguise. Her name was Virginia. She loved adventure, hunting, and traveling the world. She wanted to join the Foreign Service but was denied entry; they didn't allow amputees. And so she became a spy for the Allied forces during World War II. She was really good at her job and put her life at risk many times in the name of freedom. She was even put on a "most-wanted" list by the German secret police! She went on to become one of the f...more

  • Yusra Mardini read by Diana Nyad

    Mar 13 2018

    Once, there was a girl who loved to swim. Her name was Yusra Mardini. She was born in Damascus, Syria, a country long gripped by war. When her home was destroyed by a bomb she knew she had to leave the country, so she and her family fled by way of a boat filled with too many refugees. When the motor broke down, she and her sisters became heroes, swimming and pulling the boat to safety. In Germany, Yusra found glory as one of the first refugee teams ever to compete in the Olympics. Sponsored b...more

  • Margaret Hamilton read by Poorna Jagannathan

    Mar 06 2018

    Once, there was a girl who put a man on the Moon. Her name was Margaret Hamilton. When she was young, girls didn't study computers. But Margaret was curious about space, and she was smart. Really smart. She never thought twice about being the only woman in the room. With her cool-headedness and brilliant programming skills, she was able to avert disaster and maneuver the first successful American moon landing, Apollo 11. Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co Use promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15%...more

  • Introducing Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

    Feb 19 2018

    Coming March 6th, a fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us. This show is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder. Sponsored by: www.rebelgirls.co